Assessment of Large OSHA Penalties in Mid-Atlantic Area for 1st Six Months of 2019

Baron Environmental Associates has recently completed an assessment of large OSHA penalties ($40,000 +) in New Jersey and the surrounding states (NJ, NY, CT, PA, and DE) for the first six months of 2019. Many trends from 2018 are continuing with inspections resulting from fatality/catastrophe events, complaints and process safety management (PSM) occurring with the most frequency and planned inspections outside of PSM occurring extremely infrequently. All data presented below refers only to the inspections in the region above with penalties greater than $40,000 in general industry (construction and public workers are excluded). The most frequent reason for inspection was a referral at 10 i

EPA Penalty Increase

EPA has increased penalties for numerous violations of environmental laws and regulations. The Final Rule was published in the Federal Register on February 6, 2019 and applies to all violations that occurred or will occur after November 2, 2015 and for which penalties are assessed after February 6, 2019. Many maximum penalties rose by approximately $2,000 per day, per violation as shown by the table below. For information on environmental auditing to assist your facility in addressing any compliance issues before they are discovered by EPA, please contact Baron Environmental Associates at (908) 508-9000.

2018 NJ DEP Penalty Totals through 6/30/19

Baron has recently completed an analysis of NJ DEP’s penalty activities for inspections that occurred during the 2018 calendar year. A total 974 penalties were issued with a total cost to the regulated community of over $8.7 million dollars. As is typical, the Northern Region (consisting of the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Warren) issued the most penalties with 420 that totaled almost $4 million. The Central Region (consisting of the counties of Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union) was close behind with 326 penalties totaling $2.4 million. The Southern Region (consisting of the counties of Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape M

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